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government. i asked dr. matÉ to talk about his patients. >> the hardcore drug addicts that i treat, but according to all studies in the states, as well, are, without exception, people who have had extraordinarily difficult lives. and the commonality is childhood abuse. in other words, these people all enter life under extremely adverse circumstances. not only did they not get what they need for healthy development, they actually got negative circumstances of neglect. i don't have a single female patient in the downtown eastside who wasn't sexually abused, for example, as were many of the men, or abused, neglected and abandoned serially, over and over again. and that's what sets up the brain biology of addiction. in other words, the addiction is related both psychologically, in terms of emotional pain relief, and neurobiological development to early adversity. >> what does the title of your book mean, in the realm of hungry ghosts? >> well, it's a buddhist phrase. in the buddhists' psychology, there are a number of realms that human beings cycle through, all of us. one is the human
as a series of protests against a controversial government budget bill, but has since expanded into a nationwide movement for political transformation. aboriginal and environmental activists are teaming up to resist what they say is the conservative canadian government's attempts to appropriate resource-rich lands, and to assimilate aboriginal nations they're calling on prime minister stephen harper to honor treaters with aborigines, opened dialogues with environmentalist, and reject tar sands pipelines that would infiltrate first nation territories. the website calls on people to "joined in a revolution which honors and fulfills indigenous sovereignty" and "protect the land and water." spreading their message on social media outlets, activists with idle no more have rallied in dozens of canadian cities, held countless teach-in's, even interrupted the legislature. one of the myth of its most high-profile supporters is chief theresa spence who is on her 16th day of a hunger strike in a tepee just outside ottawa's parliament. she warns she will starve herself until she gets a mee
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